Owning a muscle car is a dream for many automotive fans, but actual ownership can often be quite a bit different. Classic cars are very old and that can mean costly maintenance to keep them on the road. Likewise, parts are special ordered and much harder to come by these days. However, owning a classic car is more of a lifestyle and there are a lot of drawbacks as well.
The thrill of driving a fast muscle car is unmatched, but that doesn’t come without some aspects to consider before spending a ton of money on one. We looked at the drawbacks that potential muscle car owners often overlook below.
20: Gas Mileage
Look, we know that you aren’t buying a classic muscle car for the high gas mileage. Yet it should be noted that most classic cars are horrible on gas and that is one of the most significant drawbacks. Take for instance the 1960 Chevrolet Corvette, perhaps one of the most iconic roadsters of all time. The Corvette got a measly 13 MPG. That’s awful mileage if a scenic road trip is in order, and it should be noted that the mileage contributes to the overall cost of ownership.
The problem is that many younger buyers are simply trying to relive their childhood dreams not understanding the true cost of ownership. A muscle car isn;t something that you want to use for your main driver. Although you could theoretically live with a 1965 Camaro as a daily driver, who would want to? Classic cars are better reserved for weekend cruises.